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The Devil In You?

May 19, 2014

Tasmanian Devil Cancers Clustered around 250,000 Watt Pulsed Microwave Weather Radar?

The radar coverage is 360 degrees and encompasses much of Bass Strait, Tasmania’s northwest, central north and to a lesser extent, the northeast and the west coast as far south as Strahan. The coverage to the south is limited in range by the Central Plateau. In all this radar has proven to be an invaluable forecasting and monitoring tool.

False echoes are sometimes viewed close in from the nearby pine plantations particularly in damp conditions[High Reflection to Ground, microwaving the devils, damaging DNA]. Anomalous propagation from Bass Strait cause similar echoes. Permanent echo suppression and swept gain characteristics take care of the majority of these.


Devil facial tumour disease

DFTD was discovered after 1996. The cancer can spread like a contagious disease. The cancer is passed from devil to devil through biting. The live tumour cells aren’t rejected by the animal’s immune system because of a lack of genetic diversity among Tasmanian devils.

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Ionising radiation

Ionising radiation is what most people mean when they talk about radiation. This type of radiation is made of high energy waves. It is quite a complicated process. But the end result is the energy can get into cells and chemically change the way the cell works. This is called ionisation. As we know from medical tests, very small amounts of ionising radiation don’t do us too much harm. But too much can cause burns, radiation sickness, and cancer.

The genetic material of a cell (known as DNA) is very sensitive to ionising radiation. DNA is a code for all the genes that carry the instructions for how our body works and its characteristics. For example, there are genes to tell the body to have brown hair or blue eyes.

Ionising radiation can change a cell’s DNA. If this happens, then the cell’s in built instructions about how to live and grow are jumbled around. It is then possible for the cell to do something very different from what it is supposed to do. For example, it may become cancerous and keep reproducing in an uncontrolled way. This could take years to happen but it still means that a cancer may eventually develop.


From → Biology, Geophysics

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